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Lantern Lounge now serving French-Vietnamese plates by chef Adam Merlin

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Lantern Lounge
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A new late-night cocktail lounge opened November 29, taking over the old Oso Market & Bar space, at 726 SE Grand Ave. Lantern Lounge serves French-Vietnamese-inspired cocktails, as well as plates by chef Adam Merlin, who worked as a sous chef beneath Gregory Gourdet at Departure and co-owns the Le Pantry food cart (one of WWeek’s favorite food carts of summer 2016).

“We have an experienced team, and our goal is to push boundaries,” says co-owner Zachary Edwards. “We will definitely get louder as the night goes on.” The transportive decor makes this clear, with French-Vietnamese pop art and low lighting punctuated with tons of red lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Along with Edwards, Lantern Lounge is owned by Santino Monteblanco, Will Storey, and Eric Mann, owner of Lake Oswego’s Aji Tram.

One thing to lookout for will be Lantern’s late-night and happy hour menus, kicking off Friday. Edwards says to prepare for more casual, wallet-friendly plates — one possibility is lemongrass chicken waffles — as well as some fun late-night-only cocktails. These join a large selection of cocktails inspired by Vietnamese drinking culture and ingredients, like the vodka chanh, braced with lime-leaf cordial, as well as an evolving line of house-made boozy juice boxes (yep, just like back in grade school).

Lantern Lounge is now open Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. It stays open till 2 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays will be industry night — food and drink specials included. Happy hour kicks off December 2 and will go 4 to 6 p.m. daily.


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